A couple of silver linings from Saturday’s loss

robinsondemarcowku350Looking for silver linings from Kentucky’s 35-26 loss to Western Kentucky on Monday night? We’re here to help. Here’s two:

1. A topic just got finished talking with Tom Leach about on his show: Upon further review, the Kentucky offense was not that bad. In fact, the Cats gained 419 yards of total offense. Last year’s team topped that total just twice — 539 yards against Kent State and 455 yards against Samford.

In fact, Kentucky usually wins when it gains at least 400 yards. Since 2007, Kentucky was 18-5 in games in which it gained at least 400 yards. Since 2008, it was 12-2 in games when it gained at least 419 yards, Saturday’s total. The two previous losses were both in 2010. Joker Phillips’ club gained 424 yards and lost at Ole Miss 42-35. Later that same year, the Cats gained 423 yards against Georgia, but lost 44-31.

Kentucky also averaged 6.98 yards per play on Saturday. Dating back to 2001, the Cats had won 15 straight games in which they averaged that many yards per play. Until Saturday.

2. Demarco Robinson looks to be a threat returning punts. In the fourth quarter, Robinson turned in punt returns of 21 and 33 yards. (He also returned kickoffs for 22 and 26 yards.)

Last year, UK averaged a meager 7.5 yards per punt return. Its longest return in 2012 was a 27-yarder by Robinson, who ended up averaging just 6.5 per return.

If memory serves, Kentucky was the only team in the SEC to not return a punt or a kickoff for a touchdown in the last two years.

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